Accompanying this subculture is its own special vocabulary. Here are the first five of eleven words you ought to know when venturing into the Japanese job market, and what they mean:
Monday, 29 November 2010
Sunday, 28 November 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
|(Admit it. This is what you are really after.)|
But, out of the 20 people you send to, maybe only a handful respond. And although things seemed to be going great with that handful, a week later none of them are replying to your messages anymore. So, what's wrong? Why aren't the pen-pals you made writing back anymore?
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
And, it seems like there's no shortage of English teachers in Japan who never get to talk to Japanese people outside of work. Pen-pals can be a nice self-confidence boost if you get to Japan and realize that you've 1) left all your old friends behind, and 2) are having trouble making new friends here--especially Japanese ones.
A lot of sites advertise pen-pal matching services for a fee. (And they usually do it right alongside dating services.) But, you don't need to pay money to find quality networks of people who want to practice their English, listen while you practice Japanese, or make a genuine friend.
Monday, 22 November 2010
Not only can the socket shape be different, but different countries use different voltages and wattage, which means some appliances could fail to work in one country's outlets and cause a fire when plugged into another's.
Sunday, 21 November 2010
My kids have just started learning the "Can" structures, so I thought I'd post the things I'll be using.
These work well for the first graders, but a more simple version for elementary schoolers can also be a lot of fun (see this recent post for that). Details below. As always these sheets are free to use, but please don't redistribute.
Friday, 19 November 2010
It can be particularly frustrating to come across a new kanji and not be able to translate it without navigating to a time-consuming and often unreliable site, like Google Translate or Yahoo Babelfish. It's especially annoying when trying to fill out some unfamiliar form.
So for you lucky people, here are some resources to help you on your way.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Monday, 15 November 2010
For readers hoping to find a secret, easier way to work in Japan than finishing college, I'm sorry to say that these other options aren't going to thrill you with their ease:
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Laura is a genius. Well, she'd have to be to wind up with a guy like me. Anyway, she is a fountain of good teaching ideas. Her latest wholly-original, gloriously-simple yet highly successful activity is called the Category Game.
It's another all-purpose solution to "anything ok".
Expect to fill 20-25 mins including explanation and wrapping up. Can work with all JHS grades with some tweaking.
Friday, 12 November 2010
Wednesday, 10 November 2010
Pretty similar to my post on "How Much Will I Get Paid Teaching in Japan?", here are some resources for finding yourself some employment on this radical island.
All of my experience has been in finding teaching positions, so most of the information is geared towards that. However, you can use the links at the end of this post to find a great variety of different careers, some with no language requirements at all. Check them out.
In the future we'll go into more detail of how exactly to approach applying for a job, give a rundown of the different companies and advise on other career choices.
Monday, 8 November 2010
If you live in Japan then you have surely come accross the ear-cleaning-scoop-things (耳かき - mimi kaki) used for the horrifying practice of mimi souji (耳掃除).
The Japanese love to clean their ears, and cleaning a child's ears is a sacred moment akin to breast-feeding.
BUT I have some terrible news for the proponents of this practice, and some weird genetic information (!!!).
Sunday, 7 November 2010
After having been asked to come up with something for page 52 of New Crown 3 ("I have a book that is good for childen") I eventually produced a version of Battleships which went down pretty well. Fills about 30 minutes with the explanation.
Friday, 5 November 2010
If you mention an act from last month or last year to Japanese colleagues (or students, if you're a teacher), you'll be met with cries of, "Oh, that's old!" But, honestly, it all sounds the same to me. Meaningless pop fluff repeated over and over in the same ridiculous formats (and so many, many more iterations of them than any country should ever need). Sometimes I'll happen across a song that's catchy, but I've rarely felt respect for the artist or his (or her) creation.
That is, until I stumbled across this gem:
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
It looks as though things may be set to change at some possible distant point in the future. Today both the Daily Yomiuri and The Japan Times have been busy informing me that the government has hypothetical plans to send Japanese English teachers to genuine, bone-fide English speaking countries as part of their teaching qualification.
This could be a smart move as some teachers we've worked with have been embarrassingly bad at the language. Let's just hope they send the textbook writers there too.
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Monday, 1 November 2010
Today's location is Eihouji Temple in Tajimi, Gifu.
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